Salt for Persistent Low Blood Pressure
One of the things I love about EC is that people get to reflect upon some health situations that made a difference in our well being, and how we possibly solved the problem.
I remember when salt was declared enemy number one as far as my mother was concerned because the doctor told her it was bad for her blood pressure. The older she got the easier it was for her to stay away from salt.
Fast foods always tasted over salted to her. Now, if the truth be told I do remember when she started her no salt war, the doctor said she could cook with salt, but do not add any salt directly to her food.
When mom was in her late 80's, she noticed that her blood pressure had started dropping low. She learned to only take her blood pressure medicine if pressure was high.
Then she began to find herself with hospital stays because she began to get fainting spells. Her blood pressure would suddenly drop after, or while she was using the toilet and she would faint.
The doctor started giving her sodium pills to prevent that. When mom found out that they were giving her sodium pills, she said, "If they would put some salt on my food they would not have to give me salt pills."
Listen to your doctor, mother's doctor said, when preparing food cook with it, salt, sea salt, your body needs some salt! Stay away from processed food when you can, home cooking is the best cooking. I'm talking to me too. Take good care of yourself.
The previous post mentions Dr. Wilson, whose book I have read. I would like to give him credit for the idea of drinking salt water. It works much faster and better than putting salt in your food. He says that it is because one of the four minerals in all of our cells, is sodium (calcium, magnesium, and potassium being the other three). When our cells don't have enough sodium (salt, and by the way sea salt is a great form of sodium), then they cannot take in and retain the water that they need.
I've been having really bad hypotension for the last week, so have been searching the net for remedies. I had forgotten about the salt water cure. 1/2 teaspoon is too much for me (gag). I just use my instincts, and shake the salt into the glass of water, stir and drink. Then-immediately, it made me drink cup after cup of fresh water, while I was still standing in my kitchen. My body really needed water!-but couldn't take it in without the sodium! I think my blood pressure might be better (I don't have a way to measure at home) because I feel bright-eyed and awake and energetic now. For some reason, salty food does not make me feel energetic--on the contrary, all food immediately makes me tired.
Some one I know takes salt tablet for low blood pressure. I wouldn't suggest table salt for this, you could try sucking on a Himalayan salt crystal a day.
I too have low blood pressure. My doctor told me that adding salt to a food will raise blood pressure. Anytime I feel dizzy, I eat something salty. It works, almost immediately. I use iodized salt. Though sea salt is much better for you, I am not sure it raises blood pressure.